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... stories of various people during the war. Emotional stuff. We also went for a walk along the ramparts of the town, starting at the Menin Gate, across the Lille Gate and as far as the ramparts now go. There was a wonderful display of posters and stories about promoting peace in the world. I think I read every word on every poster, I was so impressed. I also made Rob climb 231 narrow winding stairs ...
... and later Arras, it was a long drive and we were happy to arrive. Unfortunately the camper has developed a problem with the right front wheel bearing so that has to be our first priority to sort out, so what do we find out - it's a long weekend in France so nothing can be done for a few days.
The scale and impact of WW1 in the region (France and Belgium) is hard to comprehend. It is a poignant place to visit given this is where our family members ...
... a spanner tightening up some very big bolts which he dropped into the water! If we had been underneath it would probably have hit us. Then he started grinding with a shower of sparks and dust coming down, and then he did some arc welding. We had to wait until the job was complete and must have been almost an hour in total as it was 11.30 by the time we got out of the 12.5 metre rise lock.
The Belgian waterways are man-made canals with sloping ...
... of me did a sort of heavy sigh as it would have been good to have brought CAT too, but with no roof and some pretty iffy weather, a boot not really conducive to buying cases of wine and dodgy parking in Belgium, I had opted for the sensible option and we are here in Lisa's comfort wagon.
Once on the ferry, I asked the information desk if they could possibly post my letter.We went through the same loops, was it filled with explosives? Well, ...
... a war poet wrote "I died in hell, they call it Passchendaele".
The cost at Passchendaele was an incredible 35 men for every metre gained.